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The Bastrop County Courthouse in Bastrop is designed in classical revival style. Built in 1883, the Courthouse and Jail Complex were listed in the National Register of Historic Places on November 20, 1975.
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
Texas's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Felipe Enrique Neri, Baron de Bastrop|
|• Total||896 sq mi (2,320 km2)|
|• Land||888 sq mi (2,300 km2)|
|• Water||7.4 sq mi (19 km2) 0.8%%|
|• Density||84/sq mi (32/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
|Congressional districts||10th, 17th, 27th|
Bastrop County ( BASS-trəp -trop) is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 74,171. Its county seat is Bastrop. The county was created in 1834 as a municipality of Mexico and organized as a county in 1837. It is named for Felipe Enrique Neri, Baron de Bastrop, an early Dutch settler who assisted Stephen F. Austin in obtaining land grants in Texas.
In September 2011, Bastrop County suffered the most destructive wildfire in Texas history, which destroyed over 1,600 homes.
From January 8, 1836 to December 13, 1837, the Municipality and County of Mina consisted of parts of present-day Mason, Kimble, Llano, Burnet, Williamson, Gillespie, Blanco, Comal, Hays, Travis, Caldwell, Bastrop, Lee, Gonzales, Fayette, Washington, and Lavaca counties. On December 14, 1837, the Second Congress of the Republic of Texas passed legislation changing the geographical limits, creating Fayette County, removing Gonzales and Caldwell Counties from the boundaries and, five months later, added parts of Kimble and Comal Counties. On December 18, 1837, Sam Houston signed an act incorporating the town of Mina and, on the same day, changing the name of the county and town of Mina to Bastrop. May 24, 1838 to January 24, 1840, shows the borders of Bastrop County to contain parts of present-day Blanco, Burnet, Williamson, Travis, Hays, Comal, Caldwell, Bastrop, Lee, Gonzales and Fayette counties. From January 25, 1840 to January 25, 1850 the border changed to almost its present size with a small portion of Lee, Williamson, Caldwell, Gonzales and Fayette counties included. TxGenWeb
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 896 square miles (2,320 km2), of which 888 square miles (2,300 km2) is land and 7.4 square miles (19 km2) (0.8%) is water.
- Williamson County (north)
- Lee County (northeast)
- Fayette County (southeast)
- Caldwell County (southwest)
- Travis County (northwest)
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2000, there were 57,733 people, 20,097 households, and 14,771 families residing in the county. The population density was 65 people per square mile (25/km²). There were 22,254 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.24% White, 8.79% Black or African American, 0.70% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 7.60% from other races, and 2.15% from two or more races. 23.98% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 20,097 households out of which 35.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.50% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.50% were non-families. 21.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.23. As of the 2010 census, there were about 7.8 same-sex couples per 1,000 households in the county.
In the county, the population was spread out with 28.00% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 31.30% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 10.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 105.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $43,578, and the median income for a family was $49,456. Males had a median income of $32,843 versus $25,536 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,146. About 8.40% of families and 11.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.40% of those under age 18 and 13.30% of those age 65 or over.
Bastrop County has several societies and associations dedicated to preserving historical information and sites.
As of 2010 Central Texas Airport is under development in Bastrop County.
- Bastrop (county seat)
- Elgin (partly in Travis County)
- Mustang Ridge (mostly in Travis County and a small part in Caldwell County)
In popular culture
|Year||Film||Top Billed Cast||Location|
|1974||Lovin' Molly||Anthony Perkins, Blythe Danner||Bastrop|
|1975||The Great Waldo Pepper||Robert Redford, Bo Svenson||Elgin|
|1994||Love and a .45||Gil Bellows, Renée Zellweger||Bastrop (Gas station)|
|1995||The Big Green||Steve Guttenberg, Olivia d'Abo||Elgin|
|1996||Courage Under Fire||Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan||Bastrop|
|1996||The Whole Wide World||Vincent D'Onofrio, Renée Zellweger||Bastrop|
|1997||The Only Thrill||Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard||Bastrop|
|1998||The Dentist 2||Corbin Bernsen, Jillian McWhirter||Smithville|
|1998||Home Fries||Drew Barrymore, Luke Wilson||Bastrop|
|1998||Hope Floats||Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick Jr.||Smithville|
|1999||Varsity Blues||James Van Der Beek, Amy Smart||Elgin|
|1999||The Soul Collector||Bruce Greenwood, Melissa Gilbert||Bastrop|
|2004||Friday Night Lights||Billy Bob Thornton, Lucas Black||Elgin|
|2004||The Alamo||Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton||Bastrop
Jim Small's Big Thicket (Lake camp scenes)
Steiner Ranch (Bexar & Alamo scenes)
|2006||All the Boys Love Mandy Lane||Amber Heard, Anson Mount||Bastrop|
|2008||Fireflies in the Garden||Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds||Bastrop (T. A. Hasler House)
|2009||The Tree of Life||Brad Pitt, Sean Penn||Smithville|
|2009||Friday the 13th (2009 film)||Jared Padalecki, Derek Mears||Camp|
|2010||Bernie||Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black||Bastrop
|2013||Prince Avalanche||Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch||Bastrop|
|2014||Boyhood||Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke||Bastrop
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